Options Brief: UAL Corp. (UAUA)

UAUA – UAL Corporation – The Chicago-based owner and operator of United Airlines appeared on our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner late in the trading session. UAUA’s shares increased nearly 6.00% in the first half of the trading day to secure a new 52-week high of $24.28. The airline operator’s shares are currently up 4.40% at $23.92 with 15 minutes remaining before the closing bell. One optimistic options strategist appears to have initiated a bullish risk reversal, selling 4,750 puts at the September $17 strike for a premium of $0.78 each, and buying the same number of calls at the higher September $27 strike for a premium of $1.63 apiece. The net cost of the transaction amounts to $0.85 per contract and prepares the responsible party to profit if shares of the underlying stock jump 14.7% over the new high of $24.28 to surpass the effective breakeven point to the upside at $27.85 by September expiration.

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Andrew Wilkinson is the senior market analyst at Interactive Brokers Group, where he provides daily commentary and analysis on U.S. equity options trading throughout the trading day. Andrew provides webinars designed to explain option-related trading scenarios covering futures, fixed income, forex and equities.

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